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us columnist and detail editor, dani henninger and kim strassel. dan, we like to say for a long time we live in a center-right country. if you look at the last two presidential elections that doesn't seem to be the case. are we living now in a new, progressive era? >> in terms of the presidency, i think we are, paul. i'm not sure about the country. barack obama i think is the center left or left wing president since the great depression and i think that what barack obama has in mind to do is indeed to redistribute income from the top downward, not to cut spending, but to increase spending, it's explicit from a 20% of gdp to 25% gdp and rather than cut spending raise taxes as necessary to support that spending and i would say that is in fact essentially the french model. and the question is whether it can support enough growth in the economy. >> paul: taxes are going up, we know that, spending, going up for sure even before the health care law kicks in. so, we are moving in that direction, particularly in the entitlement state. not reforming it, but actually expanding it. >> aen what
. dan bowens of fox affiliate wnyw in new york has this report. >> these two buttons straightforward. >> reporter: for a boy who wants to be a firefighter when he grows up, christmas gifts don't get much better than this. >> it is cool to hang out with my dad and hang out with the guys because this is obviously what i want to do when i'm older. >> reporter: he spent this holiday at ladder company 15 with his dad, nathan. nathan is one of crew at the firehouse in lower manhattan. like emergency personnel everywhere working on the holiday is just part of the job. this year this father and son are glad to spend it together. >> i'm a single father. he just moved in with me about a year ago and it's, it is hard at times. it is challenging but, you know, the job itself very understanding. i mean it's a brotherhood. >> reporter: the christmas tree here is in the same room as memorial to firefighters who lost their lives on september 11th, a remind lieutenant gregory lynch says how quickly life can change at any time any day. >> we're here for the city 24 hours. we never close. >> reporter:
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